MV Ortelius

Former name: Marina Svetaeva

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MV Ortelius current location is at Southern Ocean (coordinates -64.28284 S / -61.91199 W) cruising en route to USHUAIA. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of MV Ortelius

Year of build1989  /  Age: 34
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderStocznia Gdynia SA (Gdansk, Poland)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Speed14 kn / 26 km/h / 16 mph
Length (LOA)91 m / 299 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage4575 gt
Passengers100 - 116
Passengers-to-space ratio46
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesMarina Svetaeva
OwnerOceanwide Expeditions
OperatorOceanwide Expeditions

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The 1989-built MV Ortelius cruise ship is an ice-strengthened polar expedition vessel. It is part of the Oceanwide Expeditions fleet - together with Janssonius (2022), Hondius (2019), Plancius (1976), and the polar sailing ships Noorderlicht (1991) and Rembrandt van Rijn (1994). The vessel was launched under the name "Marina Svetaeva", and initially served as a special purpose ship for the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The vessel (IMO number 8509181) is currently Holland-flagged (MMSI 244180151) and registered in Rotterdam. As Marina Svetaeva, the ship was Russia-flagged (MMSI 273420410).

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History - construction and ownership

Specializing in passenger shipping and navigation in icy waters, with the newbuilds Janssonius and Hondius the headquartered in Vlissingen Netherlands cruise company Oceanwide Expeditions grew not only as fleet/capacity but also as brand popularity and trust.

Founded in 1993, Oceanwide Expeditions (shipowner) is one of the industry's small cruise lines offering regularly-scheduled and flexible polar cruise tours providing its customers with the opportunity to contact with Arctic-Antarctica's wildlife, unique landscapes, nautically important polar regions and historical sites. Oceanwide Expeditions has year-round planned itineraries - during summer (April through September) in the Arctic and during winter (October through March) in Antarctica. Most Oceanwide-organized tours are in sea-only accessible areas, usually without any land/port infrastructure. In most of these locations, the cruise ship anchors near the coast and all passengers are tendered (via Zodiac Milpro boats) to the landing sites. Each boat is crewed and guided by a dedicated expedition team.

Oceanwide Expeditions supports renowned organizations dedicated to wildlife preservation and sustainable environmental development projects in Earth's polar regions. Among these organizations are AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators - cruise line organization working mainly in Europe's Arctic / Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard Norway), IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, 1991-founded association of 100+ members/companies) and BirdLife International (1922-founded global organizations dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats).

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The boat has 7 decks, of which 4 are passenger-accessible and 3 with cabins (53 total staterooms).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

Like all the other fleet mates, Ortelius is equipped with rigid-hulled zodiacs (inflatable boats) used for landings (ship-to-shore passenger transportation) in remote areas. Additionally, Ortelius has a helipad and can carry 2 helicopters onboard.

The Ortelius ship operated in the Russian Far East as a cargo supply and passenger vessel, as well as a supply and accommodation ship to oil fields located in the Russian Arctic (northern Pacific Ocean) territories. As of December 2007, the ship was chartered by the Sydney-based company Aurora Expeditions and operated as "cruise ship" in the Antarctica and Arctic regions. In 2011, the ship was acquired by the based in Vlissingen Netherlands-based Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions, and following a drydock refurbishment was renamed "Ortelius".

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On January 16, 2014, Ortelius had a scheduled 9-night Antarctic Peninsula cruise. All passengers were on board, but the ship's anchor system broke down and the itinerary was canceled. After the technical issue was solved, Ortelius continued resumed its Antarctic cruise program. A highlight of the 2014 season was the successful Snow Hill Island expedition where passengers were transported by helicopter to the island's emperor penguins colony.

Following the 2+ years pause due to the Coronavirus crisis, Oceanwide Expeditions restarted operations with Ortelius on June 2, 2022. The 2022 summer schedule included voyages in the European Arctic visiting Norway's Svalbard Islands (Fair Island, Jan Mayen Island, Spitsbergen's Longyearbyen, Krossfjorden, Monacobreen Glacier/Haakon VII Land), Iceland and Greenland.

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